Cardinal Kasper calls for global church of ‘outstretched hand,’ living Matthew 25

And another one on “Team Francis” weighs in…..reyanna

By Joshua J McElwee          April 1, 2016                  National Catholic Reporter on-line

German Cardinal Walter Kasper, a noted theologian known to have influenced Pope Francis’ understanding of God’s mercy, has said the global Catholic church should develop a new spirituality of “having open eyes” and recognizing God’s presence more in our brothers and sisters.

The cardinal has also called for a global church “not of the raised moral finger but of the outstretched hand,” saying such a church will “give off a ray of light and heat in our world.”

In remarks to the World Apostolic Congress of Mercy in Rome Friday, Kasper said that many today ask how we can speak of God or God’s mercy when “there is so much misery, so much injustice, so much counter-witness” in the world.

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